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A window via the past for the future: the Pei Te Hurinui Jones Project | He matapihi mā mua, mō muri

Researchers: Dr Hēmi Whaanga, Tom Roa, Rangiiria Hedley, Dr Te Taka Keegan


Project Summary: 

The many works of esteemed Māori scholar, the late Dr. Pei te Hurinui Jones, have provided the catalyst for this research into the management, conservation, care and display of Māori information in a digital context.

This team of researchers, led by Dr Hēmi Whaanga and Senior Lecturer Tom Roa, have tackled the complex issues related to the digitisation of indigenous material and mātauranga Māori in a project to produce an accessible digital library in a form that is both practical and searchable by the general public.

In 2004, the University of Waikato Library unveiled Mahi Māreikura, a room dedicated to the display and conservation of the collected taonga and works of the late Pei te Hurinui Jones and a collection of the work of his colleague and close relative, Professor Bruce Biggs.


Keywords: Dr. Pei te Hurunui Jones, digitisation of indigenous knowledge, mātauranga Māori, conservation, digital library.

Involved in this research project are the following people:

  • Dr Hēmi Whaanga (Principal Investigator - Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha)
  • Tom Roa (Co-Investigator -– Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato)
  • Rangiiria Hedley (Co-Investigator – Ngāti Tuwharetoa)
  • Dr Te Taka Keegan (Co-Investigator – Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou)
  • Associate Professor David Bainbridge (Co-Investigator)
  • John Cocks (Summer Intern)
  • Bryce Nemhauser (Masters student)
  • Michela Anderson (Masters student)